Success in learning frequently depends on finding the right piano teacher, someone who knows the subject well and understands how to inspire others. My teaching style focuses on skills training and bringing others to self discovery of their abilities and talent. I have taught for over 35 years all levels, styles and ages! I am taking beginners from age 13 on up. Otherwise I am excepting intermediate students only. I teach classical piano and classical voice making it rewarding and fun! I've performed, and have taught Musical Theatre Voice studying with the best California had to offer. I love Choir directing, and Musical directing also. I teach at a private music school as well as taking on my own private students. If you would like to view my full Bio please go to www.myfirstpiano.org and put in zip code 85207 Jennifer Gustafson Piano and Voice Teacher.
I receive great satisfaction out of seeing the student re-discover themselves through music.
I took lessons from Ms. Jennifer for many years. We became close friends along the way and have learned my inner talent. Now I perform at my church on an ongoing basis. I am so glad to have had Ms. Jennifer as my teacher!
I introduce myself, and I get to learn a little about you as we adapt a lesson plan together at our first lesson which is always fun! Before the 1/2 hour is up I would have given you your first lesson experience!
I have a degree in Music and Education but I have found that the thirty plus years of teaching experience has proved to be more beneficial in the long run. I have performed in Musical Theatre for more than twenty years as well as directed. I am also a trained Choir director.
My fee is generally $25 per depending on travel distance with 1/2 hour lesson generally one day per week unless otherwise specified. I am accustomed to being paid up front at the beginning of each month by check, or cash.
I began teaching as I was dwindling down in my performances in Musical theatre as I was raising five children in California. I was brushing up on my piano skills with a well known instructor. She then assigned her students over to me to teach for her and relocated. The rest is history...
I have worked with students of all ages as well as those with autism. From the shyiest to the most outgoing it doesn't matter because the wall comes down and we often become good friends pretty quickly.
In finding an instructor, it is important that you enjoy each other's company and can communicate well. I would advise meeting the teacher ahead of time or finding one that offers a free first lesson to see if it's a good match all the way around. It is also good to find a teacher who loves to teach. There are many talented pianists and vocalists out there that may not have the patience, experience or skills to teach and are better suited as a performer. I have found this to be true.
What do you expect of me? How often should I be practicing? What series of books to you use in piano? What genre of Voice do you teach? What is your experience in teaching? Do you hold recitals?